Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Crime of Silence

    August 15, 2016

    David Burress

    Innocence in the face of institutional injustice is a social crime. In the context of black experience, Leonard Pitts Jr. attributes this insight to James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. If memory serves, the poet Andrei Codrescu once opined that the innocents of the world should be required to wear bells to warn us of their ...

  • Widespread Economic Cluelessness

    August 12, 2016

    David Burress

    Trump, although well known as a master cheat and repeat offending bankruptcy queen and ignoramus who never cracked a book, still outpolls Clinton on managing the economy–basically because Trump allegedly is a billionaire.  That is absolutely standard. Majorities of Americans have utterly wrong ideas about macroeconomics, based on several interrelated dumb right-wing ideas: –that managing an economy is ...

  • The KCK Schlitterbahn Water Slide Death

    August 10, 2016

    David Burress

    Further evidence on libertarian market failure: two days after the event, the police have belatedly confirmed Internet rumors that the 10 year old victim was decapitated. No further details have been released on exactly what happened.   However, after the fact other information is coming forth on just how dangerous the ride actually was. Outside amusement park ...

  • Another Death by Libertarianism

    August 9, 2016

    David Burress

    A ten-year boy died Sunday on the Verrückt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The park was located in KCK rather than KCMO, presumably to escape Missouri regulation. Due to heavy lobbying, amusement parks are not regulated by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission.   Kansas has some purely nominal regulation, but ...